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  1. Public health boss urges visitors to stay away from busy areas

    Cumbria's public health director says he'll be watching transmission figures on a daily basis as the county starts to open up to visitors.

    With the relaxation in lockdown restrictions on travel and staying away from home in self-contained holiday accommodation, visitor numbers are expected to increase.

    Colin Cox said: "The rates of transmission in Cumbria are down to about 15 per 100,000 per week in terms of new cases, so that's pretty low level and we're at the sort of levels we were seeing last summer and the roadmap rules then kept transmission low for several months."

    He's reminding people coming to the area to stick to the rule of six outdoors, ensure social distancing and to steer clear of busy areas, encouraging them to visit other areas than popular Lake District sites.

    "A lot of the bits of the economy that are starting to open up, and a lot of the people who are perhaps most interested in using them, are those who have perhaps not been vaccinated which is where the risk of great transmission comes in," Mr Cox said.

    "We would expect to see if there's going to be a rise in case rates, we'll see that probably not this week but starting to happen into next week and the week after."

    Colin Cox
    Quote Message: If people do stick to the roadmap and stick to the rules I think we can probably get away with what we're doing now safely in terms of the relaxation of the roadmap." from Colin Cox
    Colin Cox
  2. Weather on the fells: Patchy cloud, sunny spells and light winds

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: -2C to -1C (28F to 30F) at first, rising to 0C to 2C (32F to 36F) later.
    • Winds: Winds will be northwesterly, and light or gentle. Gusts up to 15mph to 20mph.
    • Cloud: There will a few patches of cloud around at times throughout the day, with bases around 1,000ft to 2,000ft (300m to 600m) at first, rising to around 2,000ft to 3,300ft (600m to 1000m) later.
    • Weather: There will be patchy cloud at times, bringing the odd shower, but in-between these, there will be sunny spells.
    • Visibility: Generally excellent, but visibility may become briefly poor in any showers or passing lower cloud.
    • Freezing level: Around 1,300ft to 1,600ft (400m to 500m) at first, rising to around 3,000ft (900m) later.
  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, between J38 for A685 and J39 for B6261.

    M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J38, A685 (Tebay) and J39, B6261 (Shap), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  4. Shoppers brave freezing temperatures in Carlisle

    Jade Taylorson

    BBC Cumbria reporter

    Hardy shoppers braved the queues in temperatures of -4C (25F) this morning.

    Non-essential shops and beauty salons can now open their doors in England and Wales, as Covid rules are eased across the UK.

    One group of women had been waiting for 40 minutes for Primark to reopen.

    Shoppers queuing in Carlisle
  5. Weather on the fells: Sunny start turning cloudy this afternoon

    • Temperature at 3,000ft: Around -4C (25F).
    • Winds: Mostly light north-westerly winds, gusting up to 15mph to 20mph.
    • Cloud: The chance of a few clouds developing at about 800m (2,600ft) this afternoon.
    • Weather: Plenty of sunshine with just the chance of a few passing clouds this afternoon. These clouds could bring a few light snow showers.
    • Visibility: Generally excellent, but visibility may become briefly poor in any afternoon showers.
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    Video caption: Prince Philip's visits to the North East and Cumbria

    We take a look back at Prince Philip's visits to the North East and Cumbria over the years.

  7. Ribblehead Viaduct: Major restoration work complete

    The scaffolding is finally coming down after the end of a £2.1m restoration project on one of Yorkshire's most historic landmarks.

    Video content

    Video caption: The £2.1m project has been carried out on one of Yorkshire's most historic landmarks.

    The Grade II-listed Ribblehead Viaduct, which is 104ft high, opened in 1875 and carries the Settle to Carlisle railway line.

    Ribblehead Viaduct

    Network Rail said engineers needed to re-point eroded mortar joints and replace broken stones on all 24 arches which span the 1,318ft long structure.

    The team has worked on the project throughout the winter months.

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    Video caption: The £2.1m project has been carried out on one of Yorkshire's most historic landmarks.

    The £2.1m project has been carried out on one of Yorkshire's most historic landmarks.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A590 Cumbria both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A590 Cumbria both ways severe accident, between A595 Askam Road and A5087 The Ellers.

    A590 Cumbria - A590 County Road closed and it's slow in both directions between Elliscales roundabout in Dalton-In-Furness and Tank Square Roundabout in Ulverston, because of an accident involving two cars. Diversion in operation - via the A595 through Askam-in-Furness and onto the A5092 through Penny Bridge. The diversion is not suitable for lorries.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time